Bike Helmets


Bike Helmet Overview

Australia was the first country in the world to mandate that it was compulsory for all cyclists to wear a helmet whilst riding a bicycle. Renowned globally for having the most stringent helmet requirements, the Australian market for bicycles helmets is one that is extremely refined.

Leading global helmet manufacturers must satisfy the strict testing requirements to receive Australian Standard approval, and this has to be done for each particular model that is intended for sale within Australia.

As a result, it is often not in the best interest for a brand to make every production helmet model subject to these tests due to the expenses involved. It is vital that all Australian consumers therefore check relevant models for Australian Standard approval.

By law, all bicycle retail stores can only sell Australian standard approved helmets, however, BikeExchange does not control the sales from private sellers and so it’s best to check.

It’s important to note that while it may be possible to access particular uncertified helmet models or brands from other international sources, not only will you be forfeiting a guaranteed level of minimum protection, but you may additionally risk being fined and perhaps most importantly forgo both insurance and legal protection!

For more information regarding legality issues of helmet wear in Australia, as well as a greater insight in to the testing and certification process for standard approval, we recommend having a look at this article from CyclingTips.

Helmet Categories

Road Helmets

Optimised for performance, road bike helmets are generally made with lighter weight materials, have extra ventilation to keep you cooler, and are more aerodynamic in design.

Road helmets typically don’t feature a sun visor as it impedes vision when in a low riding position.

MTB Helmets

For the off road enthusiast, a mountain bike helmet will provide added comfort and support with added protection for the rear and sides of the head. A visor is also a common feature, and will reduce the impact of sun, low branches, rain and other debris.

Kids Helmets

Ensuring your child is equipped with the best helmet available is extremely important for their safety. Perhaps the biggest factor to consider for this market is style – if your child likes the look or colour of a helmet, they’ll be more inclined to wear it!

BMX Helmets

With a more traditional dome shape, BMX helmets provide a cheaper urban style helmet without compromising any of the necessary safety regulations. The safety regulation is the key difference between a BMX helmet and a similar-looking skate helmet.

Commuter Helmet

These provide the perfect compromise between style and performance, perfectly suited for the everyday commuter. Maximising both comfort and breathability, commuter helmets are generally also more conspicuous in design, perfect for everyday.

Full Face

Similar in design to your standard MTB Helmet, a full-face helmet is perfect for the most daring of downhill and off road riders. With an extension to protect the teeth and jaw, while still ensuring adequate comfort and ventilation, these helmets will guarantee you against the heaviest of knocks. They’re commonly a required piece of clothing for downhill or BMX racing.

Time Trial

Specifically designed with aerodynamics in mind, a time trial helmet is one of the most cost effective additions for any serious racers time trial setup. With a smoother surface, less ventilations and a longer ‘tail’, time trial helmets are scientifically tested and wind tunnel approved to enhance performance.

Fit and price

Helmet Fit

To get the right helmet for your head, it’s best to try a number of different brands. Each brand has different moulds and dimensions for their helmets, so some will naturally fit better than others. A helmet should be firm-fitting but still comfortable. Whilst the helmet is on your head and the straps are undone you should be able to lightly shake your head around without the helmet falling off. If the skin on your forehead slightly moves with the helmet and it is not uncomfortably tight, then this is a sign of a good fit.

Why Pay More?

Cycling helmets vary widely in price and with everything from a $40 to a $400 helmet meeting the same safety standards, it can be confusing to know how much to spend.

Generally, more expensive helmets offer; greater comfort; better adjusting mechanisms; improved ventilation; lower weight; wider range of size choices; improved durability; and will look and feel a lot better than cheaper helmets.

Bicycle Helmets for Sale

With this knowledge on board, check out the BikeExchange selection of bicycle helmets for sale, with leading brands like Giro, Lazer, Bell, MET, Bontrager, Specialized and Kask all available!

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